With the aim to encourage the weaver and craft loving artisans of Manipur, The Manipur Apex Handloom Weavers and Handicrafts Artisans C.S. Ltd. (AWAS), Imphal, has put up a 6 days Craft Exhibition today under the sponsorship of the office of the development commissioner (handicrafts), ministry of textiles, Government of India.
Around 30 artisans displayed their wide range of handloom and handicraft products and drew the attention of the promoters and to woo buyers.
At the inaugural function of the exhibition held at the Trade Centre Porompat, Imphal East project manager of District handlooms and Textiles, Imphal East, P. Meenakumari Devi said that very craft exhibitions was the first of its kind to exhibit in the state as compare to other craft exhibition. Weaver and craft artisans should have the idea what kind of product should be exhibit in such craft mela in-order to draws the attention of the customers, she added.
Meenakumari said each weaver and craft artisans should not throw away or left behind the products which have some defect as it can be used in making other items which can attract customers in many ways.
M Sanjeev Kumar Assistant Director (Handicrafts), Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India appealed the artisans who do not have their identification card of being a weaver or craftsmen, to get the card on or before March 31, 2017 so that benefits sanction by the state and central government can be avail to themselves once they have the card.
We must try to export more genuine products to the outside state which are unique and attracts those who have kin interest in the handloom and handicrafts products to get double benefits, he added.